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EU takes Greece to court over failure to update flood risk maps

The European Commission on Thursday decided to refer Greece to the Court of Justice of the European Union for failing to provide updated flood risk and flood hazard maps as required by its floods directive. It was the only EU member country not to comply. The European Commission Thursday launched legal action …

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24 municipalities in Attica ordered to clean Kifissos river due to flood risk

Twenty-four municipalities in the Region of Attica have been ordered to proceed immediately with the cleaning of the waterways of Kifissos river and two of its tributaries, Podoniftis and Eschatia, in view of the risk of flooding. The Civil Protection Ministry has declared municipalities in western and north Athens to …

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MAP of “Extreme” & “Very High Fires Risk” on Aug 22; Emergency measures

An “Extreme Fires Risk” (risk category 5) has been forecast in three Greek regions and “Very High Risk” (risk category 4) almost for the rest of the country have been forecast for Tuesday, August 22, 2023, according to the Fire Danger Forecast Map issued by the General Secretariat for Civil …

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Beach in Chania evacuated due to landslide risk after earthquake

An evacuation operation of beach “Glyka Nera” near Sfakia in the south coast of Chania Prefecture  was carried out on Tuesday morning, due to the fear of a landslide, following the strong earthquake on Sunday. Teams of the Port Authority and Police went to the beach and advised the bathers …

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“Very High Risk of Fires” in several Greece’s regions, Aug 12 (MAP)

A very high risk of fires (risk category 4) has been forecast for Saturday,  August 12, in several Greek regions, according to the Fire Danger Forecast Map issued by the General Secretariat for Civil Protection of the Climate Crisis and Civil Protection ministry.   The regions with a Very High …

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“Very High Fires Risk” in 8 Greek regions on Aug 9 (MAP)

A very high fires danger (risk category 4) has been forecast for Wednesday, August 9, in eight regions of Greece, according to the Fire Danger Forecast Map issued by the General Secretariat for Civil Protection of the Climate Crisis and Civil Protection ministry. The regions with a high fires danger …

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Extreme Risk of Fires for six Greek regions on July 26 (MAP)

Greece’s Civil Protection issued an ALERT warning of Extreme Fires Risk (category 5) for six regions across the country on Wednesday, July 26, 2023. At the same time, the Fires Risks WARNING lists another six regions at Very High Risk (category 4). Regions marked Yellow are regions with “High risk” …

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High risk of wildfires in several Greece’s regions, July 15-16

With temperatures in Greece reaching over 40 degrees Celsius and a prolonged dry weather, the Civil Protection issued a wildfires hazard warning for Saturday, July 15, 2023. According to the fire hazard prediction map published by the Civil Protection Agency, five regions are considered to be at very high risk …

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Heatwave CLEON: Health Alert for Athens, other Greek cities

The National Observatory of Athens weather service “meteo” isseue a heatwave warning for Greek cities, including Athens, Thessaloniki and Larissa. According to the announcement, these cities are expected to experience extremely high temperatures in the coming days, posing potential health risks. On Thursday, July 13, a level 3 heat-health alert …

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Greece at risk of blackouts during the Easter days, Distributor warns

Greece is at risk of blackouts during the Easter days, the Independent Power Transmission Operator (ADMIE) has warned. Reason for the problem is that this year, the participation power production by the Retail Electricity Suppliers (RES) has increased and there are still no energy storage units that could provide energy …

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Famous “Shipwreck of Zakynthos” to be closed due to landslides risk

The famous shipwreck, the Navagio of Zakynthos will be closed fro safety reasons and for a long period of time, following a recent evaluation of landslides and the seismic activity, the head of Greek Earthquake Planning and Protection (OASP) announced on Thursday. Local authorities react to the decision – What …

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Two large fires in West Attica force evacuations; Fire Service briefing

Residents in two settlements in West Attica have been ordered to evacuate early Tuesday evening after a fire broke out in agricultural and forest land in Mandra. It is the second wildfire in the broader area, after the one in forested area in Haidari suburb of Piraeus, some ten kilometers …

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Civil Protection: “Very high risk of fires” in several Greece’s regions (MAP)

Greece’s Civil Protection has warned of “very high risk of fires” for Friday, July 15, 2022.  Regions at very high risk are  mostly in Central and South Greece, while others are at “high risk.” North winds reaching up to 8 Beaufort locally will increase the fire risk. According to the …

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EU Commissioner tells Greece: Stop “violent” migrants’ deportations or risk losing funds

The European Union’s top migration official told Greece on Thursday to stop “violent” deportations of migrants or risk losing funds. After becoming one of the main destination points during the migration crisis of 2015, Athens has hardened its policy in the past year by increasing land and sea patrols, extending …

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Greece forbids access to forests, parks and NATURA areas when fire risk is high

The Climate Crisis and Civil Protection Ministry tabled an amendment at the Palriament that bans both people and vehicles from entering forest ecosystems, parks and NATURA areas on days when the risk of wild fire is high. According to the amendment, the decision to ban even transit passage, staying and …

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Radiation leak risk after power cut at occupied Chernobyl plant, Ukraine warns

Radioactive substances could be released from Ukraine’s Chernobyl nuclear power plant because it cannot cool spent nuclear fuel after its power connection was severed, Ukraine’s state-run nuclear company Energoatom said on Wednesday. It said fighting made it impossible to immediately repair the high-voltage power line to the plant, which was …

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